AUSTRALIA: As restrictions ease on how far we can travel, it’s time to start planning a mini getaway or road trip. Cautiously of course – we’re talking baby steps. But for those of us with the isolation blues, hitting the open road for some fresh air and a change of scenery is the light on the horizon that’s getting us through the pandemic. Where will you take your first trip post-Covid-19?
Regional areas will not only welcome our support, but they offer a great opportunity for us to learn more about our own country, our history, culture and landscape. With overseas travel out of the question for the foreseeable future, it’s time to fall in love with Australia all over again.
Less than 100 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, Marysville went through a dreadful time in the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009. Over the past decade, it has bounced back strongly. Having been through the worst, it will take more than a pandemic to keep it down.
Accommodation places, including the stylish Vibe Hotel Marysville, offer an opportunity to relax and discover the town’s tranquil riverside location, culinary delights, wonderful scenery and outdoor adventures.
Tucked away in the forested foothills of Victoria’s Great Dividing Range, Marysville can be your base for drives through the spectacular Black Spur, to the Cathedral Ranges, and to the Yarra Ranges National Park.
When you’re tired of touring, recharge your batteries in the Vibe’s beautiful pool and wellness area, before dining on locally sourced produce in the Radius Bar & Grill. In an exciting initiative, the Vibe team have planted a market garden and are cultivating crops and composting so that home-grown goodies can be added to the menus.
Sydney’s popular beachside suburbs of Bondi and Coogee are ideal for getaways if you want to be close to the city while enjoying some fresh air and surf. But Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong and Travelodge Hotel Newcastle are also convenient for beach swims and foreshore walks and they make great bases for coastal and country drives.
The 140-kilometre Grand Pacific Drive passes through Wollongong and other coastal towns, through rainforests and over the Sea Cliff Bridge snaking its way along the coastline.
From Newcastle, you can have the thrill of 4-wheel driving on Stockton Beach and sandboarding on the dunes, or you can head inland and mosey around the Hunter Valley vineyards. Another popular drive is the convict-built Great North Road with stunning gorges, razorback ridges and historic townships like Wollombi.
In South Australia, picturesque wine regions like McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley make for lovely drives, all within an hour or two of the Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury. Quaint historic towns and outstanding locally produced food and wine add to the appeal.
An hour’s drive from Brisbane, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is surrounded by beaches that are out of this world and a hinterland clad in ancient Gondwana Rainforest. Hotel rooms over views of the Nerang River and their riverside bar and eatery, Driftwood Social, offers a sunny and breezy space to while away the hours. Meander along country roads to viewing spots and walking tracks on Tamborine Mountain and to see the beautiful waterfalls in Springbrook National Park.
Federal, State and Territory governments have different restrictions in place regarding interstate and regional travel. Be sure to check with your local health authority for the most up to date Covid-19 restrictions.